Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wash Day Saga

It never rains but just pours. First I broke my glasses during the weekend. I am currently typing blind at the moment because I do not have a spare pair and my optician appointment is today. So please bear with ne if you notice any typos. I can't edit this post at the moment. Also, I have a slight caseof the flu, so my eyes are streaming as I type this. Sigh.



Anyway, enough moaning from me, onto my wash day experience.



I started my wash day by doing a coconut oil prepoo. I hadn't prepooed with it in a while, and I had been seeing a number of splits, so I decidedto give my hair what it wanted. I prepooed for 3 hours under a showercap and a woollen hat. As I was prepooing, I also detangled annd did 8 box braids for my wash day.

NExt, I washed my hair using the Dudu Osun Black soap. I rinsedout the soap, and instant conditioned using the African Pride Dream Kids Olive Miracle Moisturizing Etangling Conditioner. I left the conditioner in for 5 minutes before rinsing out.

I t-shirt dried for30 minutes, before applying my leave in (VO5moisturizing leave in conditioner) and sealing wth African Royale Hot 6 Oil. I let my hair fully airdry in threading. I took down the threadson SUnday morning, and my hair was just too curly. I didn't even look like Ihad stretched it at all. But I decided to rock the curls and did a curly ponytail for church. But  Sunday was just too hot and my hair had dried out so I spryed my hair with some water, and baggied overnight. The next morning I had moisturized hair that I could work with.

That was my washday experience. Remember to join in the linkup with Jen and KLP :)

Much love,

Yvette


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Wash Day Saga and Relaxer Musings

Hey everyone. I hadn't managed to put this post up earlier thanks to internet connectivity issues, and just feeling low. But I am back now :)

I ended up moving my wash day from Saturday to Sunday. Saturday was one of my closest friend's birthday and I had to go and enjoy the day with the rest of the gang. It was a great party and even the drama that happened at the end wasn't enough to count it as a night well spent.

So on Sunday, I was pretty hungover from the party, and still tired. So I decided to do a quickie wash. I first did 8 box braids for my wash day while waiting for the water to get warm.  I first washed my hair and scalp using Dudu Osun black soap. I rinsed off the soap, and then did a DC with ORS Replenishing conditioner for an hour. I rinsed off with cool water, and did a vinegar rinse (1 part vinegar to 2 parts water) before wrapping my hair in a t-shirt. By then it was pretty late, so I decided to blow dry my hair to shorten the drying process, and bunned for bed. And that was it for my wash day.

I'm going to be honest with y'all, I am currently 8 months post and I'm seriously thinking of going back to the relaxer. I know someone (I see you Curly Eva) will be laughing at me, but honestly I can't take the way my hair has been acting lately. I have had a series of consecutive bad hair days, and I think of when I had texlaxed hair that would act with slightly more decency that my current new growth. I honestly don't know what to do anymore. I guess what I will do at the moment is extend my stretch/transition to 1 year post, and then reevaluate and decide on a course of action after that.

In other (better) news, I am happy to see results from my last set of inversions. I trimmed off some of my hair before my last wash day, and I did my inversions during the week after (14th - 18th July). And I regained the length I lost from trimming :). I am happy about this. I may still get to BSL at the end of the year.

Well, that's it from me. Until the next time...

Peace and love,

Yvette

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by Curly Eva over at Naturally Divine Healthy Hair Journey for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thanks for the nomination!!!!

Sunshine-Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a way for bloggers to get to know each other, as well as for readers to get to know the blogger behind the blog.

To accept the nomination, I have to:


  • Tag the blogger who nominated me: Shout out to Curly Eva
  • Share 11 random facts about myself by answering the questions the blogger who nominated me has asked
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who I think deserve some recognition (I can't nominate the blogger that nominated me)
  • Let the 11 bloggers know that I nominated them
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers I nominate to answer

1.What is your current hair length?
      An inch above my bra strap, or below shoulder blade length :)
2.Where were you born?
       Harare, Zimbabwe
3.When did you start your hair journey?
      1st May 2012
4.How do you relate to other bloggers?
       I stalk them, lol. But most of them are people I wish I would meet in real life. The few I met in real life are              great people
5.What brought about the interest to blog?
       I couldn't find any information for the area (Tanzania) I was in on how to grow healthy hair, so I decided to            start my blog to fill that gap
6.What are your 5 favourite products?
       Wild Growth Hair Oil, ORS Hairepair Nourishing Conditioner, Castor Oil, Darbur Vatika Deep Conditioners,           ORS Replenishing Conditioner
7.If you were to relocate, what country would you choose to go to?
        Kenya, I miss my friends there
8.Laptop or Tablet which do you prefer?
         Tablet, easy to carry around, and great for gaming and photos
9.Do you enjoy shopping sprees and why?
          Yes, shopping relaxes me and I get what I need and more importantly what I want
10.Do you consider yourself a leader, motivator or mentor?
           Motivator I guess. 

Ok, here's my list of questions...

1. Which countries have you been to?
2. If you were a member of the opposite sex for a day, what is the first thing you would do?
3. Which languages do you speak?
4. What is your favorite social media platform?
5. How did you and your best friend meet?
6. If you were having a dinner party, and could invite anyone, alive or dead, who would you invite?
7. Dogs or cats?
8. What's your favorite form of exercise?
9. What food do you have to be forced to eat?
10. If you had an unlimited budget, where would you go for your next vacation?
11. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do, spend, invest or donate (be honest)?

My nominees are


 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Product Review - ORS Hairepair Nourishing Conditioner

Hey folks,

I am back with another product review. I have used this product for over 2 months, and I love it. Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post was bought with my own funds, and this review is unbiased and based on my experiences with the product.

Product: ORS Hairepair Nourishing Conditioner Pak
Price: US$ 3 at Jeenz, Travel Plaza, Harare


Product Promises:
  • Formulated with banana extract for concentrated moisture and detangling
  • Enriched with bamboo extract to help provide added strength & shine
  • Perfect for natural, color treated and/or relaxed hair

Organic Root Stimulator HAIRepair Nourishing Conditioner helps restore the moisture and protein balance to dry, weak and/or damaged hair. This moisture and protein intensive conditioner helps restore moisture and rebuild dry and damaged hair. Formulated with Banana extract to provide concentrated moisture and Bamboo extract for added strength and shine. May be used on natural, color-treated and/ or relaxed hair. Leaves hair moisturized, easy-to-comb and with improved shine. (source)

Ingredients:
AQUA (WATER), POLYQUATERNIUM-37, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, PPG-1 TRIDECETH-6, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, TRIDECYL STEARATE, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE, DIMETHICONE PEG-7 COCOATE, MUSA SAPIENTUM (BANANA) FRUIT EXTRACT, DIMETHICONE, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BAMBUSA VULGARIS (BAMBOO) LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, PANTHENOL, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, LANOLIN OIL, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, QUATERNIUM-80, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, DISODIUM EDTA, DMDM HYDANTOIN, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), BENZYL BENZOATE (source)

My Take:

I absolutely love, love, love this conditioner. It is at Holy Grail product status for me right now. The slip it has is amazing, it makes tangles melt like butter in the sun. It moisturizes so well that I even forget its a light protein. And the fact that it is a light protein helps to strengthen my lines of demarcation while I am transitioning. Which means this conditioner ticks the right boxes. I have used the conditioner about 5 times now, and I must admit, it gives consistent results. I use it mostly after clarifying, although I have used it to dry deep condition as well. Still, it works well in either case, as a deep conditioner on dry hair and as a normal DC after a shampoo. I have used this conditioner after doing a medium protein treatment with Aphogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor. I did not experience any protein overload, since like I said before, it moisturizes so well that one can forget it is a light protein. The smell is pretty strong, it has a banana smell. I sometimes like the smell, but at other times that overly banana scent just kills my vibe. And also, the fact that it comes in a teeny weeny one use pack bugs me. The pack is enough to use for anyone, even people with massive amounts of hair like me. But I would prefer a 2 litre tub (are you taking notes ORS?) so that I can use this conditioner daily if possible. The price is also pretty reasonable, I have seen it on Amazon being sold for $3.49 while I got it at Jeenzbeautysupply for  $3.

All in all, I give this conditioner 5/5 thumbs up coz it's pure awesomeness in a pack.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Wash Day Saga - Clarifying + Protein and A Braid Out Fail

Hey everybody, I hope you had a great weekend.

Well, I'm going to jump right into it, and share my washday experience for this past week. This is what happened:

1. On Friday night, I oiled my hair with African Royale Hot 6 Oil, and finger detangled. Once I finger detangled each section, I put it into a box braid. I ended up with 8 box braids. I also dusted about 1/2 inch - 1 inch off the box braids because I had seen some split ends. One section of my hair doesn't have any bone straight ends left now :)

2. On Saturday morning, I shampooed my hair with diluted ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo. I wanted to clarify/chelate because my scalp felt extra icky. I diluted it in a 1:2 ratio (one part shampoo, 2 parts water).

3. I did my protein treatment using Aphogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor. I left it on my hair for 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

4. After letting the excess water drip, I applied my DC, ORS Hairepair Nourishing Conditioner. Its a light protein, but since the 2 Minute Reconstructor isn't too intense, I decided I wouldn't get protein overload. So I DC'ed for 2 hours under my heat cap, and rinsed with warm water.

5. I t-shirt dried for 20 minutes, before starting to style.

6. I wanted to try a braidout, So I decided to do 16 box braids, starting from the 8 I already had. What I did was apply my leave in (VO5 moiturising leave in), seal with the Hot 6 oil and then ad a bit of Ecostyler gel to hold the curls before rebraiding. I let my hair airdry completely overnight



7. I started taking down my box braids in the morning before church. And the braid out looked weird coz the bone straight ends hadn't curled muchI really didn't have the time to do anything with my hair since I was late for Mass, so I just did a textured bun.

8. I later finger detangled to take out most of the curls, so I could go back to just bunning this week. And that's all I did

Remember to join the #washdayexperience linkup, and have fun with the rest of this great community of ladies.

Peace and love,


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Hair Crush Thursday - Shamim

Hey everyone. Thanks to the writers' block I had been experiencing, I got a new idea for the blog. I decided to start a hair crush series. So, my aim is each week (hopefully) to give you the hair stroy of someone who is taking good care of her hair. Almost all the stories will be of women (or men) of Zimbabwean descent, but I will also include stories of other nationalities because of the wide audience this blog has.

So to start of this series, I present to you my first victim volunteer, Shamim. I met her on Twitter, and she is currently based in South Africa. Here's her story...









Hi tell us a bit about yourself (and your hair)? You can go back in time if you wish J

Hey there, thanks for sharing my journey. So I hit the jackpot with the gene pool, my mom has some Arab infusion so my hair definitely is a bit exotic. Up until the age of 6 I had long natural that my mom babied with a hot comb and mabhanzi (The Zimbabwean name for African threading). Had to chop it all off for primary school and then I started growing it again at 13 and I struggled shem .It was slippery for cornrows, couldn’t wear it all bushy, I didn’t know what I was doing but thanks to the Grandmother who snatched an exotic man it sorted itself out in about 6 months. After that I wore my hair in pretty much the same style for years, slicked back pony tail. I got bored then went short early 2012 and I’ve been experimenting ever since..



What inspired you to start taking better care of your hair?
Maaaaaan, visuals are everything. All of a sudden I was seeing all these wonderful afros on Pintrest. I could just see myself rocking a killer fro, dressed in nothing but beads and tattoos *dreamy eyed*, but the ultimate inspiration for me was RupiahZa, she showed me how wonderful hair can be if you do your part. This hair wouldn’t be here without her..



What’s your hair care routine/regimen?
I don’t know if I would say I have one hey. Since I started taking care of my hair I’ve had it in braids and cornrows for every 6-8 weeks depending on how I’m feeling. So when I remove the braids I wash and condition with Dischem’s Protein Shampoo and Conditioner. Then I treat with Schwarzkopf’s Fibreforce Treatment, blow dry and plait. That is the only time I blow dry my hair.



















When I have braids in, I have a daily spritz which is distilled water, conditioner, sweet almond and grapeseed oil, rosewater and glycerin; this cleans my scalp and keeps me fresh. I wash my braids every 2 weeks and air dry them.

What hair goals have you achieved since you started?

With RupiahZa’s help I set out to achieve healthy, strong hair and look mama! I made it…



What are your goals for your hair now?
I don’t really have much in the way of goals cause I’m so easy going about my hair and I don’t want it to feel like a chore at the end of the day but  just between you and me, I get giddy every time I see how the length is coming along.


What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking better care of your hair?
The fancier the product or regime does not bring about the best results. Patience and care are your best friends.

What are your favorite hair styles (everyday and special occasions)?
For now it’s braids in a messy bun but I have dreams of rocking that fro and killing it! Just wild nje.. lol


Who are your hair inspirations (online and real life)?
You are probably tired of her but RupiahZa is everything man, especially because her own hair is sublime. Other than that I don’t have any particular inspirations, but Pintrest is life-giving..

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 hair care items (products and tools) would you want to have?
Tangle teaser ,  my shampoo and conditioner, my fibreforce treatment and a headscarf.. Hang on, does water come as part of the island or do I need my own?

Can you tell us one funny/weird hair related experience you have had?
Scratched my head hard but I have none. But I will tell you something about me though, I am so scared of looking a fool or something going wrong so I research things to death before I do it. No room for error that way.. *winks

Where can we find you online?




@ShamimKelly on twitter and shamimkelly.wordpress.com



Thank you so much Shamim for taking part in this feature. I, for one, definitely can't wait to see how your hair comes along in the future.

If you also want to be featured, please email me on y.muzonzini@gmail.com and I will be in touch with the questions


Monday, 7 July 2014

Wash Day Saga - featuring African Black Soap

Hey everybody!!!

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was a bit of a bummer, first, I have tonsillitis and I can't eat much. And then I went a little psycho on the boyfriend thanks to PMS... I'm just glad its over now.

Anyway, despite the tonsillitis, I decided to go through with my wash day, although I tweaked the process a little this time.

I didn't prepoo since I knew that my new soap would not strip my hair, and make it drier than the Sahara and Kalahari together. So, here's what happened...

I did 6 big box braids to wash my hair in. Before plaiting each braid, I gently finger detangled. My hair was still moisturised from the previous week, so the detangling process went smoothly.

I washed my hair using Dudu Osun soap (African Black Soap). I started by first lathering the soap on my hands before massaging the lather into my scalp. But then I ended up rubbing the soap all over my scalp and hair, before thoroughly massaging it, and then rinsed off with very warm water. The soad gave so much slip that one of my box braids ended up getting undone. I just twisted up that section before wrapping my hair in my turbie twist to absorb excess moisture. When I took off the turbie twist and touched my hair, it felt like I had already done a DC, it was so soft and felt extra good. But I decided not to skip the DC stage this week even though I was tempted to do so. My compromise was applying ORS Replenishing conditioner onto my hair and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt and left the t-shirt on for another 20 minutes. After this I applied my leave in (VO5 Moisturising Leave In) and sealed with castor oil. I did threading in order to stretch my new growth and texlaxed hair while it airdried. I did not use a comb while doing the sections for threading and detangling them.

I took down the threads on Sunday morning and my hair was, weirdly, not properly straightened. It felt like I had done a braidout or twist out coz my hair was curly. Really, really weird since I consider myself mostly a 4B/4C head with a few 4A sections. I just lightly moisturized with my VO5 leave in, sealed with castor oil and did a ponytail for Mass (so I could show of the curls). Since I have so much new growth, I had to do Jen's scarf method to lay my edges without using gel.

First impression of Dudu Osun soap: I just fell in love with this soap. I will probably use it again after I have clarified to see is effects on (fairly) clean hair. But so far, I love the way it cleansed my hair while still keeping it moisturized.

So, in all, I had a great wash day (compared to my abysmal weekend in general). How was your wash day?


Friday, 4 July 2014

African Black Soap - My new shampoo bar

I recently decided to cut down on my use of sulfate shampoos. Although they do work for me when I use them in a specific way (prepoo, do a scalp only lather and use the suds to clean the length), I have been thinking that since I now have a lot of new growth, I needed an alternative that would keep my new hair healthy and moisturised. So I decided to explore a new route, shampoo bars. Now in Zimbabwe, shampoo bars are a mythical creature, ranking up there with unicorns, vampires and werewolves. So my next option was to get soap that I can use to wash my hair that's all natural and wouldn't strip my hair, but still clean my scalp effectively. That's when I decided to get some African black soap, which is very easy to find in Harare.


Dudu-Osun African Black Soap Sale


I bought the Dudu Osun black soap, just one bar this month to try out. I made sure the packaging was not torn since I am afraid of using contaminated products (yes, I'm paranoid). I have been reading up on the soap and this is what I found out:

"According to Organic Spa Magazine, the soap may fade skin discoloration and dark spots. The soap cleanses gently, so it's ideal for people with rosacea, rashes, dryness and other skin conditions. African black soap contains plantain extract, which has antibacterial properties that may help treat acne breakouts. Some people use the soap as a shampoo or mild makeup remover." source


''Traditional African black soap is brownish-black in color but is never fully black. It has an organic soft shape with an earthy unscented smell. This soap is completely pure and chemical-free. Plantain skin- it’s main ingredient- is a natural source of vitamin A, vitamin E, and iron, which explains why this soap is so nourishing to skin and hair.
People love this soap because it can be used anywhere on the body from head to toe and is often said to have a healing effect. It is commonly used to relieve acne, clear blemishes, bumps, and many other skin issues. African black soap also gives skin a deep clean, leaving it radiant and healthy. Many women even use it to remove their makeup.
For centuries it has been used as a shampoo because it eliminates stubborn oil and dirt from hair, scalp, and skin, while leaving your hair soft. Although this soap cleans very well, it is safe to use on even the most sensitive skin.''
- See more at: http://hollistics.com/2012/12/04/black-soap-for-skin-and-hair/#sthash.sx8N5WJR.dpuf

''African people use black soap to rid the skin of all sorts of ailments and you can too!  It is used for rashes, ring worm, measles, psoriasis, eczema, acne, chronic body odors, and for just getting clean.  An excellent product for tender sensitive skin, reduces splotches and bumps, fades dark spots, shrinks and refines pores, and leaves the skin soft, smooth and supple.  It is used as a shampoo to relieve and prevent itchy dry scalp and dandruff.  It gives luster and shine to hair as it conditions, protects, strengthens and repairs the hair shaft.  Black soap also makes the hair easier to style as it coats the hair shaft in a very fine shield of shea butter, protecting hair from sun rays and environmental pollution.'' source 

So I will use the black soap for cleansing my hair and scalp from this weekend, as well as for clearing my facial acne and acne scars. If it works well this month, I will use the black soap as an all over body and hair cleanser. 

Product review will be up at the end of July when I have had enough time to assess its effectiveness.

Have a great weekend every one!!!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Wash Day Saga - Quickie Wash + Flexi Rod Set

Hi everyone,

So I did my wash day as usual on Saturday. My hair felt great from the last wash day, still very moisturized, and the new gowth was easy to detangle and manipulate. So I decided this weekend not to do a DC but a simple rinse out condition and to try to set my hair (again) using my flexi rods.

1. I warmed up my coconut oil and did a hot oil treatment for 3 hours. My hair was already in box braids that I was using for wigging.

2. I shampooed with a hotel brand conditioning shampoo. Since I had co-washed the week before, I needed to clean my scalp properly. So I only shampooed my scalp, I made sure my hair was kept away from the shampoo. I rinsed out the shampoo with warm water.

3. I conditioned with the African Pride Dream Kidz Olive Oil Moisturizing Detangling conditioner. I let the conditioner sit in my hair forabout 3 or so minutes before rinsing it out completely.

4. I t-shirt dried for about 30 monutes before starting to do my flexi rod set. Since my hair was in about 20 box braids, I decided to just use those sections for the flexi rod set. I just undid a box braids, finger detangled before applying my leave in (Twisted Sister curl activator), sealing with African Hot Six Oil, and completeing the LOC process by putting Nubian Nature Whipped Mango Butter on top. I decided to use Ecostyler gel as my product to hold the curls. Since I was applying a lot of stuff to my hair I used very little amounts so my hair wouldn't get too greasy or limp.I let the set airdry for the rest of the day and overnight.

5. I took down the flexi rods on Sunday morning as I was getting ready for church. Sorry, no pictures coz I woke up late, but The set did manage to hold this time. All I need to do now is perfect my setting technique since only the bone straight hair looked right (in my mind). I ended up doing a curly ponytail for church (again sorry no pictures). It actually looked great :)

I am off the wig regimen now. My boyfriend said he hated seeing me with weaves and wigs and prefers my own hair. So I guess, I need new protective styles that don't strain my own hair too much but that can still help me keep my hair healthy.I am back in buns, and I think I will stop using my ponytail holders and stick to ponytail cuffs (puff cuffs), claw clips and bobby pins for styling. I am still trying to transition to fully finger detangling, but its so hard to resist the combs.

So, how was your wash day?